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Many stevia products contain corn sugar (aka – maltodextrin) or sugar alcohols to even out the flavor. Maltodextrin is a food additive that is produced from a grain starch, most commonly produced using GMO corn, rice, potatoes or wheat. It is used as a stabilizer, sweetener and thickener in many packaged foods. Sugar alcohols are another thing to look for, they come from plant products such as fruits and berries. The carbohydrate in these plant products is altered through a chemical process and are not well absorbed as it passes through the body and may even have a small laxative effect.(2) Always read labels!!! Look for the purest stevia product you can find.
If you want complete control in the what goes into the stevia that you use… you can make your own stevia sweetener that is raw by using the stevia plant. If this interests you, Google the technique.
I do use the liquid form of NuNaturals stevia in several of my recipes. Most commonly used in conjunction with another sweetener or two (as mentioned above). I have tested tons of different brands and forms… and this is the one that I will only use. Feel free to use any brand that suites you and don’t use it at all. If one of my recipes calls for it and you don’t want to add it, just taste test the batter as you create the recipe and see if you need to bump up the other sweetener. Only your taste buds can be the judge of that.
Stevia has zero calories and doesn’t spike blood glucose, it’s a great sweetener for diabetics or others with blood sugar issues and for use in carbohydrate-controlled diets. Stevia is a natural sweetener that does not prompt your body to store fat, like fructose does. It also does not contribute to insulin resistance or promote pathogenic bacteria and fungal overgrowth.
Keep in mind that different stevia products offer different levels of sweetness. So always start out with less and work your way up to the sweetness that you desire. It is also a good idea to remember that different foods / recipes may require less or more than listed below due to type of ingredients that you are working with. Very sour foods like cranberries and lemons need more sweetener than a recipe that has dates or dried fruits in it, which are naturally sweet. Stevia is much sweeter than regular sugar so a little bit goes a long way.
Sugar Amount: 1 cup
Sugar Amount: 1 Tbsp
Sugar Amount: 1 tsp